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Home Assistant

More and more home automation controllers are coming to make your house smarter. These controllers can be divided into 2 groups; the open source (free) solution and the ready-made systems. We are going to make a review of the first category: an open source solution called Home Assistant (HASS).

With Home Assistant (HASS) you can automate your home. For example, you can ensure that your lights turn on automatically when you enter a room or that your heating goes down when you are not at home. In addition, you can control your lights, TV and stereo remotely via an APP.

Home Assistant is an open source software package that you must install on a system (computer). The easiest way is to use a Raspberry PI for this. This is a mini computer that HASS runs great on.

The following RPIs are supported:
Raspberry Pi Zero
Raspberry Pi Zero W
Raspberry Pi 1 Model B
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and B + 32bit
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and B + 64bit (beta)
Tinkerboard (Beta) Odroid-C2 (Beta)

"Open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first"

The software distinguishes itself by keeping everything running locally on your own computer (and therefore not via the cloud) and putting your privacy first. So ideal for people who don't want to share anything with the outside world. The software is open source, which means that anyone can view the code. And even help develop belong to the options.

HASS has been on the market for more than 4 years and developed by Pascal Vizeli. The interface was designed by Paulus Schoutsen and BRUHAutomation. He (she) can be downloaded for free via the Home Assistant website. This allows you to make your house smart in a cheap way.


Niels Laan

Founder of this blog and passionate home automation nerd. All articles from Niels

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